Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival

Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival

Robert Sabbag / Aug 22, 2019

Down Around Midnight A Memoir of Crash and Survival A bestselling author tells the terrifying and inspiring story of the plane crash he survivedAround midnight on June Air New England flight crashed into the woods on Cape Cod The pilot di

  • Title: Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival
  • Author: Robert Sabbag
  • ISBN: 9780670021024
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A bestselling author tells the terrifying and inspiring story of the plane crash he survivedAround midnight on June 17, 1979, Air New England flight 248 crashed into the woods on Cape Cod The pilot died but the copilot and eight passengers survived with trauma both physical and emotional Robert Sabbag, at the height of his fame for his bestselling book Snowblind, was amoA bestselling author tells the terrifying and inspiring story of the plane crash he survivedAround midnight on June 17, 1979, Air New England flight 248 crashed into the woods on Cape Cod The pilot died but the copilot and eight passengers survived with trauma both physical and emotional Robert Sabbag, at the height of his fame for his bestselling book Snowblind, was among them.Down Around Midnight is Sabbag s gripping account of what exactly happened on that foggy night and his candid attempt to come to terms with the emotional ramifications of the crash He reconnects with the other survivors and their rescuers for the first time in thirty years, weaving the narrative between past and present to create a thrilling and affecting story of survival and recovery Like the best survivor tales Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air and Joe Simpson s Touching the Void Down Around Midnight is fast paced and mesmerizing It is also a meditation on healing and the things we do to compartmentalize traumatic memories Few people experience a plane crash and live to tell the story Sabbag brings his striking, economical style to this personal tale of learning how to remember and how to endure.

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        Robert Sabbag is an American author and journalist The memoir Down Around Midnight, is about a fatal plane crash he survived in 1979 Sabbag is a member of the Authors Guild and Writers Guild of America His film Witness Protection was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture.


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    1. The story itself is interesting, but the telling of it is severely lacking. The writing was disjointed, with the author setting off on more psychological tangents than I could handle. I skimmed the second half, thinking at some point I'd get back into it, but never did. It was a completely unsatisfying read. The whole book, I kept thinking, "This guy wrote a bestseller? Really?"


    2. Not because my cousin wrote this but the fact that I was in europe the whole summer when it the plane crash happened and never heard about it til we were back in touch after 20 yrshe just visited me and gave me his book and I couldn't put it down. is a compelling account of a plane crash that he survived, along with 8 others.ipping!!!capecodonline/apps/pbc


    3. Just before his 33rd birthday, when he was, as he says, “half-famous” because his first book, Snowblind, had become a bestseller, Sabbag was on his way to Cape Cod in a small turboprop plane. Due to pilot error, the plane came down in a thickly wooded area. The pilot paid for his mistake with his life, but the co-pilot and eight passengers survived.So this short (214-page) memoir is about the crash, looking back over a 28-year interval during which Sabbag just tried to get on with his life, [...]


    4. Wow. You would think this book would be interesting. It's about a terrible crash that came close to killing everyone onboard. There's a plane screaming to a halt in a woods cloaked with dense fog and no moon. The author, Robert Sabbag, has his back broken as the seat belt he wore stayed buckled, but the seat itself was thrown free of it's connections to the fuselage. He and the other injured survivors stagger out into the black night, doused with aviation fuel. These events were ultimately so tr [...]


    5. Until the last few chapters, I was prepared to give this rambling self-spiraling memoir a two-star rating. We're led to expect a reunion of Sabbag with his fellow crash survivors -- one by one, almost thirty years after the 1979 plane crash -- with personal ruminations on the meaning of sudden crisis and survival. You have to plow through a lot of sidebars to get that thread. As others note in their reviews, Sabbag is all over the place -- the crash, Cape Cod, the media then and now, his writing [...]


    6. Sabbag was aboard a small plane going from New York to Cape Cod in 1979 when the plane crashed into the woods. The author explores the event and reflects on his personal experiences (both physical and psychological) in the aftermath along with four other passengers onboard that night. (There were eight passengers and two crewmembers onboard in total.)Sabbag's interviews with his fellow passengers were inconsequential and superficial for the most part. The disjointed assemblage of the interviews [...]


    7. The author's intention was to follow take advantage of the motivation that drew him and express all of his emotions and findings about the crash. And that he did.I was bored of reading every thought that came across his mind. After all of his interviewing and research over twenty years, I would have liked to know why the plane actually crashed. We only know as much that the crash may have been intentional by the pilot.However, I did find some pages interesting, whether true or not. Physics of th [...]


    8. Sabbag was a survivor of the crash of Flight 248 Air New England in June 1979 along with several other people. Thirty years after the crash which took place in dense forest on Cape Cod he decides to piece together what happened by tracking down survivors. He makes contact with most of them. Information on how they coped with the aftermath is fascinating enough- they all suffered from one or more of depression, anger, lack of confidence and survivor guilt though revelations on how it changed thei [...]


    9. Geoffrey Jennings, an independent bookseller at Rainy Day Books in Fairway, Kan gushed about “Down Around Midnight” by Robert Sabbag, a memoir about a plane crash that he survived 30 years ago, and its aftermath. “I am abrasive and jaded and I have read lots of things,” Jennings said on the floor of the exhibition hall. “I was reading the book at night and my wife came down and I said ‘there is nothing you could say or do — in fact you could not even pay me — to stop reading this [...]


    10. Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival by Robert Sabbag (Viking 2009) (Biography). This author is best known for having written Snowblind: A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade, which was an intriguing memoir of mid-level cocaine trafficking in the 1970's. Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival is a completely boring and unrelated tale concerning how Sabbag survived a plane crash on Cape Cod at the height of his fame. This is the most important story in the world – in [...]


    11. This book turned out to be disappointing. I thought this would be an interesting book about a plane crash but it was more about what happened afterwards as the author who was on the plane tries to connect with the other passengers to see how they are doing years after which did not turn out to be very interesting. The author spent a lot of time jumping around in the story and it did not have a good flow.


    12. I have flown over Cape Cod Bay in a little plane so I was primed for this book. But Sabbag's revisiting of his 1979 crash turned out to be a lot less interesting than I expected. The writer's recreation of the accident and his encounters with a couple of the key passengers were interesting, as was his finding of how exhausted the pilot was. But the story loses interest with each added player, maybe betraying that the writer was losing the energy for this research.


    13. Two Star (my stars aren't showing up right so I'm including that info here) Anyways, I usually find books that talk about the unimaginable (plane wrecks, animal attacks, etc) things people have had to survive very interesting as it shows the strength of human character. But I was a bit disappointed in this one. There were a few quotes that I liked from the bookbut otherwise the author just seemed to jump around too much for me.


    14. Disappointment. I thought this would be an interesting book about a plain crash but it was more about what happened after. (He tried to find some survivors 20 years later) which could be very interesting but it wasn't. probably because he jumped from one thing to another. Some stuff was very detailed which i did not care for. Skimmed the second part.


    15. Was hoping for more of a narrative read of the details of the crash, but this is a more introspective look at how the plane crash affected and changed the author as he moved forward. He attempted to find the other survivors from the relatively few aboard the small plane and the rescuers and met with interestingly mixed results. It's almost like a book he wrote for himself.


    16. In 1979 there was a plane crash in the woods of Cape Cod. Sabbag was on that plane and 30 years later researches and writes about how that crash affected his own life and of some of the other survivors. In being very careful not to intrude or inflict pain on the others, the book ends up being mostly about him, defying the early promise of the book. A great premise, but a milquetoast result.


    17. Airplane crash in 1979 into the woods of Cape Cod. I'm always drawn to books about local happenings. It was mildly interesting. You always try to imagine how a crash would feel. Of course the author survived to describe that and the feelings involved afterward. He also interviewed fellow passengers in order to record their perception of what happened that night in the dark.


    18. The author looks back to a plane accident he was in at Cape Cold, where the pilot died, but everyone else survives. He decides to contact a lot of the other people on the plane and examines how the accident affected their lives. They were in the forest for a few hours and while it was an awful experience for them it wasn't as if they had to live through a long ordeal.


    19. I am usually not a memoir reader because I find that most memoirs are self serving, "well, I was a very remarkable child! Handsome, smart and funny." This memoir actually told the story of the crash!


    20. Yes, the book was factual, not exciting but my cousin was the brave teenage girl who made it out of the woods for help, and to this day remains that strong, organized wonderful girl that helped save those on the plane and I am grateful there is documentation of her story.


    21. The author is a survivor of a plane crash that occurred over 20 years ago. He goes out and interviews other survivors and tries to piece together what happen that day and see what became of them. I found to be a dry read at time but interesting.


    22. A non-fiction writer who survived a plane crash in 1979 goes back to re-examine it, and figure out what happened to him and the other survivors as a result. Did they change? What were the long term effects? Etc.


    23. Just finished reading thisIt reminded me a bit of "the Perfect Storm" by Sebastian Junger. It is also written by a reporter, Robert Sabbag who writes for "Rolling Stone" magazine. He tells a good story and also explains issues related to the crash that happened in 1979


    24. I ended up skimming through this book. I think the author was more into himself and the fact that he'd written a previous best seller about drugs. I didn't care for it and wouldn't recommend it.


    25. Living through a plane crash certainly would change ones life, but I didn't feel what the author felt - I never attached to anyones emotions that were shared. Maybe the story just wasn't there.


    26. Very interesting! It reads like good fiction, but it's not -- it's a memoir by an author who also is a survivor of a plane crash that took place back in 1979. A gripping tale!



    27. The author of this book writes about his experience in a plane crash that happened about 25 years earlier. There is some interesting insight, but I wouldn't recommend it.


    28. This was a true story; the author contacted or tried to contact the 7 other passengers on his plane who survived a crash in 1979.



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